FSBDC at the University of West Florida

9999 University Parkway
Pensacola, Florida, 32514-5732
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9999 University Parkway Pensacola, Florida 32514-5732

About the Center

The Florida SBDC in Pensacola on the UWF campus is the main office of the Florida SBDC at the University of West Florida (Florida SBDC at UWF) region serving aspiring and existing small businesses in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties with no-cost consulting, low-cost training, and access to business data and research resources. In addition to its core service offering, the Florida SBDC also offers specialized services to qualifying companies, including capital access, market growth, government contracting, international trade, business continuation, cybersecurity, disaster planning and recovery, and more.

The Florida SBDC at UWF region, based in the UWF College of Business, serves a ten-county area that includes Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington counties, and maintains several satellite centers in addition to the main office in Pensacola on the UWF campus. Visit to learn more.

The Florida SBDC at UWF is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide network of more than 40 offices from Pensacola to Key West to serve the needs of Florida’s business community. Since 1976, our network of partners has helped construct a statewide ecosystem to foster the spirit, support, and success of hundreds of thousands of entrepreneurs and innovators.

Designated as “Florida’s principal provider of small business assistance,” the Florida SBDC Network is nationally accredited by the Association of America’s SBDCs and funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida, and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the network’s lead host institution.

How do I get started?

  1. If you are a new business, visit the New Business section of our website. If you are an existing business, visit the Existing Business section.
  2. You will be asked to complete an online Request for Consulting application that will be forwarded to the Florida SBDC that serves your area.
  3. Within three business days, you will be contacted by the Florida SBDC to get started on your path to success.

Have questions?

Please contact the Florida SBDC in Pensacola on the UWF campus at 850.474.2528  or visit

Featured Area Consultant

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Dorian Zwierewicz

Dorian Zwierewicz

  • Areas of Consulting: Business and Strategic Planning, Cash Flow Management, Financial and Capital Access, Market / Sales Growth, Start-up
  • Education: MBA, University of West Florida; BSBA, UWF
  • Certifications: NDC Certified Economic Development Financial Professional

Kelly Massey

Regional Director

  • Areas of Consulting: Budgets, Business Accounting, Business and Strategic Plan Assistance, Cashflow Management Assistance, Financial and Capital Access Assistance, International Market / Export Assistance, Inventory Control, Loan Types, Market / Sales Growth Assistance, Operation Manager, Personnel and Human Resources, SBA Loans, Start-up Assistance, Web Marketing Strategy, Website Planning and Development
  • Education: MBA
  • Certifications: NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional (CGBP), Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), Export & Trade Counseling Certification, Intermediate SBA Export & Trade Counseling Certification

Dan Cavanaugh


  • Areas of Consulting: Business and Strategic Plan, Cashflow Management, Financial and Capital Access, Market and Sales Growth, Business Continuation and Disaster, International Market and Exporting, Technology and Commercialization
  • Education: MBA
  • Certifications: Certified Business Continuity Professional, Export & Trade Counseling Certification Introductory SBA, Export Counselor, Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (CEDEP)